It’s not worth a big lead-in to this week’s fantasy football start and sit column. It’s the playoffs. These games matter. Need I say more? Here are some guys I’m highlighting for fantasy lineup decisions this week. If you’re curious about players you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Matt Schaub (QB - Houston)
If you're in need of a quarterback for your fantasy playoffs and you don't feel like relying on the always dependable Mark Sanchez (cough, cough), then Schaub is someone you should look at this week. He came off poorly last week against a rejuvenated Patriots' defense, but he'll be able to bounce back against the Colts. The risk you run with Schaub is that he's a quarterback in a run-heavy offense, but he's managed to throw for at least two touchdowns against a lot of the lesser pass defenses that Houston has faced. I would've given Andy Dalton a look in this spot, but the short week is holding me back.
Knowshon Moreno (RB - Denver)
Some questioned whether or not Moreno would be any good while filling in for Willis McGahee after what we'd seen from Moreno earlier in his career. He's proven to be at least adequate over the last three weeks, especially in any type of PPR leagues. The Ravens are known as a menacing defense, but they're allowing the 10th-most points to fantasy running backs.
David Wilson (RB - N.Y. Giants)
Wilson will get a majority of the carries if Ahmad Bradshaw misses out, but he'll still get at share of the carries if Bradshaw plays since Bradshaw isn't going to be 100 percent healthy. Wilson's got big-play potential and that's good news given the Falcons allow the sixth-most points to fantasy RBs.
Josh Gordon (WR - Cleveland)
I never expected to say this at the beginning of the season, but Gordon has become a reliable receiver. He's had at least six catches and 86 yards in his last two games and has clearly become Brandon Weeden's go-to guy. Washington's secondary is easily exposed as is evident by them allowing the second-most points to fantasy wide receivers.
T.Y. Hilton (WR - Indianapolis)
Hilton's had some very productive game over the last six weeks, but he came back to earth a bit with a two catch, 50-yard performance last week. He'll bounce back against the Texans this week, who have been exploited for at least 296 passing yards in each of the last four weeks. With Jonathan Joseph focusing on Reggie Wayne, look for Hilton to make things happen against weaker coverage.
Dennis Pitta (TE - Baltimore)
The tight end carousel continues to turn and Pitta looks like the best of the waiver options this week. As mentioned in Tuesday's column, Pitta can exploit the Broncos defense like many other TEs have to the tune of 9.3 fantasy points on average this season. Pitta has proven worthwhile in three of his last five games, so the match-up this week should overwhelm his tendency to disappear.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Tony Romo (QB - Dallas)
Romo's resurgence in recent weeks has been due in part to Dez Bryant elevating his game to an elite level. With Bryant's ability in question due to his finger injury, Romo won't be as effective if Bryant is limited or doesn't play. The Steelers' blitzing defense will also cause him problems because his offensive line is a sieve. If you have decent alternatives, they're probably worth a look this week. Matthew Stafford might be another person to avoid given how well Arizona's defense has played against QBs, but their offense is so bad that it probably will put Detroit in plenty of good scoring opportunities.
Stevan Ridley (RB - New England)
The evidence here is pretty obviously against Ridley. The 49ers limit fantasy RBs better than any other team in football. With the Patriots finding such success through the air recently, they won't be afraid to ignore Ridley. He still might be adequate, but having other options wouldn't be a bad thing.
DeAngelo Williams (RB - Carolina)
Williams' owners got excited after he finally came through with a good effort last week. Just when owners are ready to turn to him as a flex play this week, Carolina heads to San Diego. Funny thing about San Diego (as I've been harping on with the Twitter followers all week) is that they're actually pretty good at defense, specifically stopping the run. They've only given up four rushing touchdowns all year and only allow 92.5 rushing yards a game.
Kenny Britt (WR - Tennessee)
We've heard a lot of talk in recent weeks that Britt won't be his old self until next year. He sure looked like the old Britt last week when he ran wild through the Ccolts secondary for eight catches and 143 receving yards. But like everyone else who has faced Cromartie Island this year, Britt will suffer on Monday night. His previous games show that he isn't back to full strength yet and therefore not good enough to overcome the match-up.
Stevie Johnson (WR - Buffalo)
The Seahawks are doing the smart thing of breaking up the suspensions of their elite cornerbacks. That leaves Richard Sherman active again this week to shut down the only true receiving threat the Bills have. Sorry Stevie. Things are getting very serious for you and your fantasy owners this week.
Greg Olsen (TE - Carolina)
There's this San Diego defense again. The Chargers are limiting TEs to 5.8 points per game this year, so Olsen's fate doesn't look too rosy for the fantasy playoffs. Given that Olsen isn't an elite talent, it's worth looking into someone with a friendlier opponent.